Is­lands can­not cope with tourist in­va­sion

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, It is with a heavy heart that I have wit­nessed events of the past few weeks per­tain­ing to the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment and its bed­fel­low CalMac.

The ser­vice was ini­tially set up by David McBrayne as a so­cial life­line for the ben­e­fit of res­i­dents on the He­bridean is­lands. That is no longer the case.

An on­slaught has re­cently taken place with an in­va­sion of ve­hi­cles and vis­i­tors onto our al­ready poor qual­ity roads.

Is­landers who were hop­ing that work would have been com­pleted by now to cre­ate two-lane roads have been badly let down. This lat­est in­va­sion by out­siders has been prompted with fund­ing that should have gone to im­prov­ing all roads from the Butt to Barra. The in­vaders re­strict our move­ments. For ex­am­ple, many, es­pe­cially de­liv­ery driv­ers and such, are much later in get­ting home at night due to the amount of ve­hi­cles and the time spent in pass­ing places.

This is to­tally wrong and ab­hor­rent to the gen­uine is­landers suf­fer­ing this in­tru­sion into their daily move­ments. This needs to be cor­rected, and quickly.

In­ci­den­tally, there is no need for any ex­tra boats. What is needed are boats that ac­tu­ally sail, and give the proper and the in­sti­tuted ser­vice to is­landers.

I am ashamed of our lead­ers and how they have be­trayed us. Aong­has Eoghainn Mhoir, Gear­raidh Na Mon­adh, Uib­hist a Deas.

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